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Picks from Reese's Hello Sunshine Book Club 🌞

Check out these selections from Reese Witherspoon's popular book club.  The April 2021 pick is Northern Spy by Flynn Berry Reese's YA Pick is You Have a Match by Emma Lord
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Poets I Have Heard (and Several Others I Wish I Had)

In truth, I have heard only three of the poets whose works appear in the following booklist.  But there is something priceless about the experience of hearing poets read their own words.

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Jazz Appreciation Month: Women in Jazz

Jazz is a male dominated field, but women have contributed significantly since it began.  Most of the women of Jazz that are well known to most of us (especially those of us who are not aficionados of the genre) do tend to be the vocalists, rather than the instrumentalists.  Here is a list of books, music and film to help you learn more about both.
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Dinner Table Talks: A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books. These discussions will build our capacity for talking about race and define our roles in fighting against both every day and systemic racism.

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Read All About It: African American Experiences in Poetry

"for there is love inside me true love deep down inside of me I am in love with my people"-- A Place Inside of Me:  A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott   These #OwnVoices collections, picture books and novels for older readers explore themes of community and connection, family and faith, racism and resilience.  These books give poetic voice to African American experiences and history and should be read and shared by everyone.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Antihero's and Villains as the protagonist

Do you believe there's always an "other" side to each story?  Well here they are. Read some titles that talk about the perspective of the villain or an antihero. Some are tricksters and some are downright murderers. All are darkly enjoyable.   Learn more about the Broader Bookshelf challenge and see more lists here.
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5 Great New Titles for April

Get on board! This month's picks include strange train rides and angsty young women.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Poetry

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these books of poetry from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Graywolf Poetry

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these poetry books from Soho Press. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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2020 National Book Critics Circle Awards

This year's winners are: Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell - Fiction Island on Fire by Tom Zoellner - Nonfiction Stranger in the Shogun's City by Amy Stanley - Biography Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong - Autobiography
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Women's History Month: Graphic Novels For YA Readers

Women History Month is a time to celebrate and examine women’s history, issues, and contributions. Our team's contributions this month will be providing a quality booklist every Monday featuring strong female characters, movements, and historical figures. 
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She Changed Her Name

Many generations work together to reveal how Sojourner Truth fits in our history or herstory.

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The White Tiger: A Book Review

There has been a resurgence of interest in Aravind Adiga’s book The White Tiger as Netflix recently released a movie of the same name based on this 2008 Booker prize-winning exemplary work of fiction. 

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Read All About It: Ramona & Friends

In the spirit of Ramona Quimby, these girls are the stars of their own stories all while sharing their (mis)adventures, making us laugh and introducing us to their family and friends.   These friends of Ramona may be new, but they are sure to find a place on your family's bookshelf and in your family's heart.  
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iRead: My Happy Life Book Series

In the spirit of Ramona Quimby, meet Dani, a young girl who has faced sadness but still looks for happiness in her life.  

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Trailblazers: Inspirational Women Throughout History

“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” —Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House This booklist features books that share the stories of amazing women; their strength and courage to overcome barriers and bravery that helped pave the way for future generations of females.  
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Empowering Picture Books for Girls

“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” Mark Anthony
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The Asian & Asian American Experience through Novels for Middle Grade and Teens

For many children the first glimpse into the lives of others is through books. Taking time to read about, learn and appreciate others' differences is a stepping stone to equality, inclusion and acceptance of all. The booklist below focuses on novels for middle grade readers and teens about the Asian and Asian American experience in hopes of being able to create a window into the lives of others.
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The Asian & Asian American Experience in Picture Books

As important as having the hard conversations about racism, hate and discrimination with children is, they are very difficult topics to discuss. Taking time to learn about and appreciate others' differences is a stepping stone to equality, inclusion and acceptance of all. The booklist below focuses on picture books about the Asian and Asian American experience in hopes of being able to create a window into the lives of others.
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LibraryReads for April 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in April 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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Let's Talk Race: The Asian & Asian American Experience

Reading books is a great way to begin working on becoming more anti-racist, and the words on a page can help provide insight into the thoughts, feelings, fears, pain, hopes, and wishes of another human being. Below is a list of titles about the Asian and Asian American experience, to get you started on having a better understanding of what it means to be of Asian heritage in America and how to be a better and more vocal ally.  Also, take a look at these past Richland Library booklists for more recommendations:
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Women Authors Who Broke the Mold

Women authors have been writing the best thought-provoking novels since the 1960s on. The genre of these authors ranges from Historical Fiction to Fantasy and Science Fiction, some with vampires, dragons, or aliens from space.  C.S. Friedman's title is coming soon. Looking for more? Check out our personalized recommendations here or call us at 799-9084.
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Dark Reads

Hunker down with a few Dark and Gritty reads. 
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Unsolved Mysteries

Check out these True Crime books about unsolved crimes.
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Underrated Science Fiction

Here is a list of Science Fiction that is worth reading. Whether your new to the genre or jumping back in, we got you covered!
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Classroom Reads on Hoopla for Middle School

Looking for a great novel for your class to read together? Try one of these eBook titles available for download on Hoopla that are perfect for a middle school reader! Materials on Hoopla are available for simultaneous, instant access - meaning every student in your class could read the same eBook at the same time. Each customer may borrow 10 items a month from Hoopla.
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Unsolved Mysteries

Check out these True Crime books about unsolved crimes.
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Historical Mystery Romances

Do you love Historical Fiction, Mysteries, and Romance? Yes, you can have all your favorite genres in one!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: New Press Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from New Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - March Staff Suggestions

Find your next favorite book and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 prompt to "Read a book suggested by a Library staff member" with these personal recommendations from our colleagues!

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Swing into Tennis (Game, Set, Match)

A list of Tennis related material has been compiled as you gear up for the courts. Lace up your shoes and tighten your strings, it's time to ace this year's season. 
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Paving the Way: Celebrating Women's History Month

Few people are labeled the "first", but Navy Lt. j.g. Madeline G. Swegle is not your average sailor. As of July 31, 2020, she's officially the Navy's first Black female tactical air pilot, marking a significant milestone for naval aviation. Find out more about her and check out these books featuring women in uniform; their stories, achievements and determination.

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40 Inspiring Biographies of Remarkable Women

Biographies and memoirs are raw, real and riveting. We can learn so much about the lives of these strong women from books where human stories intersperse with history, culture and the political climate. Do read and get empowered.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Akashic Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from Akashic Books.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.  
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Graywolf Fiction

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from Graywolf Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Dinner Table Talks: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books. These discussions will build our capacity for talking about race and define our roles in fighting against both every day and systemic racism.

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Let's Talk Race: Historical Fiction List Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

“But what some folks want you to be and what you is...well, sometimes they gonna be two different things. But you will always know who is in here. Got me? This is who you are.”--Karyn Parsons, How High the Moon Inspired by Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism and You, these books shed light and humanize history by allowing readers to go beyond dates and facts to get to know the true story.  
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Let's Talk Race: A Fiction List Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You

“That's the problem. We let people say stuff, and they say it so much that it becomes okay to them and normal for us. What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn't be?” ― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give Inspired by Stamped:  Racism, Antiracism and You, these stories give voice to the lives of today's teens and tweens--the challenges they face as well as their triumphs.  
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New in Science

Catch up on the latest developments in science with these fascinating new titles.  Among them are books by best-selling science writers Carl Zimmer (Life’s Edge) and Elizabeth Kolbert (Under a White Sky), and by scientists such as Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek (
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#OwnVoices: Class Act

New Kid, the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Medal, is now joined by Jerry Craft’s powerful Class Act.

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Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Fiction Recommendations for YA Readers

March has been recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987 when President Ronald Reagan issued a public proclamation urging Americans to provide individuals with developmental disabilities “The encouragement and opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.” Developmental disabilities include disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, down syndrome, or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and affect a persons growth and/or cognition. The aim of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is to raise awareness ab
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Picks from the "Now Read This" Book Club

Check out these picks from the PBS-New York Times Book Club "Now Read This." The March 2021 pick is  Nomadland by Jessica Bruder    
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Read Woke Across America Week

Let’s show out children a world where everyone does not look the same, worship the same, or even think the same—and that this is the beauty of the world. Let’s teach them that in spite of our differences, we’re more alike than different, and learning brings us closer together. Let’s join together and Read WOKE Across America!

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New in Biography and Memoir

Check out the latest biographies and memoirs added to our collection.  Among the titles receiving a lot of buzz are Between Two Kingdoms, a memoir of cancer survival by Suleika Jaouad, and Just as I Am, by screen and stage legend Cicely Tyson, who died on January 28.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: The Feminist Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these titles from The Feminist Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Fiction from Soho Press

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these fiction titles from Soho Press.  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Read Woke Across America Week: Woke Books for Tweens & Teens

Are you looking for a way to #ReadWoke Across America? This booklist will help guide you to finding great books for tweens and teens that challenge the status quo and gives representation to the underrepresented and/or oppressed. Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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Read Woke Across America Week: Picture Books

"So many picture books have powerful messages about immigration, racism, and other social justice issues. From English Language Learners to high school students and those with learning disabilities, all can benefit from picture books." -Cicely Lewis (Read Woke creator) Read Woke Across America Week starts the first week of March in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. 
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iRead: Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is an author and poet who grew up in Oxon Hill, Maryland. Inspired by Queen Latifah and the other rappers he listened to in his youth, he began writing poetry at the age of 9. 

In January 2020, Jason Reynolds was named as the Library of Congress’s national ambassador for young people’s literature, a position designed to encourage young people to develop an interest in reading.

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Black History In Comics

Black history is rich with fascinating people whose names and lives deserve to be celebrated. Some of those stories are included below, representing different eras and walks of life. The power of art in nonfiction comics comes from how artists choose to depict the world and people in it. Experience some of that power for yourself by checking out one of these graphic novels in print or online.
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A Little Something Extra From Hoopla

When Ten Titles Is Not Enough Would you like to check out more graphic novels than 10 a month through Hoopla?  For the month of February you are able to search for titles under More Bonus Borrows.  Check back the first day of March for More Bonus Borrows.  You can then search for only comics under the Format bar on the left side of the screen.  Call your local librarian for more suggestions. (803) 799-9084.
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LibraryReads for March 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in March 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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DIY Storytime: A Story About Afiya

DIY Storytimes are curated storytimes that families can share at home with an ebook, songs and activities.  

Children and adults alike will be mesmerized by the sweet story of Afiya and her dress, written by the late Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Jamaican poet, James Berry, with fresh illustrations by Anna Cunha.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Young Adult Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these young adult romances!  They're great books for teens and they also have a lot of crossover appeal for adults.  All of the subgenres in adult romance appear in YA romance as well, so you're sure to find something you love here!
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Stay Motivated and Win this Year!

A list of personal development books have been created to assist you on your journey to victory! 2020 is gone and over, but 2021 has 365 brand new ways for you to prove just how resilient you are. We already have a month in the hole, let's take advantage of the next few. You're only a decision away...
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100 New Graphic Novels for Children

Grab a stack of these new graphic novels from 2020-2021 and catch up on what you've been missing. There are 100 here to chose from!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Romantic Suspense

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these romantic suspense novels!  Romantic suspense books still have a central romance plot, but they also have a thriller or suspense element that shares the spotlight.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021: Independent Press Essays

Fulfill the "read a book published by a Small or Independent Press" prompt with these essay collections. This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2021 reading challenge. Find more lists here.
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Stamped: This is Not a History Book

"This is not a history book...." There's so much packed in that one profound statement that Jason Reynolds reiterates at the beginning of Stamped: Antriracism, Racism, and You by Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.

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#OwnVoices: Black History Is American History

Black History Month should not be just a time to celebrate African Americans who have paved the way for us all to thrive. It should be a time to challenge the stubbornly persistent tendency to teach Black History as a footnote to American history.

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LibraryReads for February 2021

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in February 2021, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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#BroaderBookshelf 2021 - Contemporary Romance Novels

Fulfill the "Read a Romance Novel" prompt for this year's Broader Bookshelf challenge with one of these contemporary romances.  A contemporary romance is set in the time it was written in, but can be about anything - this list has books about cowboys, cosplayers, yarn store owners, and princes!  (A surprising number of princes.)  
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Read All About It: Fire Safety

It's always a good time to talk about fire safety.   Share these books with your child and discuss what to do if there's a fire in your home or in their school.  Reading together will make them feel safe and confident that they know what to do in case of an emergency.   If you want to know more about firefighters and how they keep us safe, check out Read All About It:  Firefighters & Fire Trucks.  
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Read All About It: Firefighters & Fire Trucks

Firefighters work hard to keep us safe.  Find out more about how they keep us safe, what they wear to keep them safe and the equipment they use (especially fire trucks) by reading these fiction and nonfiction titles about these first responder heroes. If you want to know how to keep yourself safe around fire, check out Read All About It:  Fire Safety.  
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Dinner Table Talks: One Crazy Summer

Dinner Table Talks create the opportunity for families to have important conversations centered around books. These discussions will build our capacity for talking about race and define our roles in fighting against both every day and systemic racism.

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2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals - Nonfiction

Fathoms: The World in the Whale by Rebecca Giggs is the 2021 winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction. Check out the full list of nominees...
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2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals - Fiction

Deacon King Kong by James McBride is the 2021 winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Fiction. Check out all the nominees...
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YA Book Recommendations for Black History Month

28 books that celebrate and explore black culture, communities, social dynamics, and identities. Find great Middle Grade #OwnVoices Black History Month Recommendations here. 
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Fans of the Free Rein series will Enjoy These!

If you enjoyed Netflix's Free Rein which followed the adventures of Zoey Phillips and team as they shared their love of horses, adventure, friendship and family, then you're going to love this awesome selection of horse related content! Grow your knowledge of horse maintenance or jump back into another adventure!
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#OwnVoices: Bring On the Blessings (Book #1 of Blessings series)

When a post-Reconstruction African-American community succumbs to a desperate need for funds and purpose, its mayor puts the small town up for sale and finds a buyer in Bernardine Brown, who believes the town's sale to be a sign from God. 🏠🏠